Dear Grace Baptist Church Family,
When I look through the glass door of the apartment that we stay in I immediately see a wooded section. At first glance, it all looks nearly dead—no leaves on the trees and seemingly no life. However, if I look another direction going up the street from where we stay I see a startling difference. I see a number of trees that are completely blooming in white. And in other areas I see trees that are pink and some with a purple color. As you can tell I have no idea what they are. But they are in bloom and beautiful. I have seen daffodils and also the sprouting of tulips. They are all signs that change is coming.
The calendar has changed to March, and about a week from now we will change our clocks to Daylight Savings Time. And then on Tuesday March, 20 Spring will officially begin. Again, these are all signs of the coming the seasonal change. Most people look forward to the next season. As with the new year it brings a difference and in some way is a ray of hope.
Change is not always welcomed by some people. They love the routines. Sometimes even the season change means adjustments that they are unwilling to adapt to. However, we have nothing to do with the changing of the seasons. In fact, there is little that we can do about most of the things that change in our lives. We grow older, our children and grandchildren grow up, friends move away, our favorite (fill in the blank) wears out and on and on it goes.
I tend to lean more to the side of not wanting things to change. I like sameness. I like consistency. If I go to Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream, I will always order the same thing. Vickie, on the other hand, will try five new flavors and then get something she has never had. I do not mind the season changes but I like most other things to just be constant.
And there are benefits to having consistency. In fact, we can be glad that some things never change. We are glad that our distance from the Sun never changes. We are glad that chemical reactions are predictable and produce the same results all the time. We are especially glad that our God never changes. (Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.) His attributes are always the same. His promises are always fulfilled. His truth never changes. (Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.) The fact that He never changes instills confidence and hope and assurance in our hearts.
But... there are also benefits to the things that change. God ordained that the seasons change and it is purposeful. Likewise, God also wants us to change — often, we don’t even get a choice! We are to grow in Christlikeness. The entire process of sanctification is one of changing. We should be maturing in Christ year after year. We call it spiritual growth and it means exactly that— we are changing!
1 Corinthians 6:11 — And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
2 Corinthians 4:16 — So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 5:17 — Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Ephesians 4:22–24 — to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Philippians 1:6 — And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
The consistency of certain things can bring us great confidence. In many other areas, though, there is a great necessity for change. Let’s not confuse the two...however, I will still get Mint Chocolate Chip at Baskin Robbins!
May we all be more and more conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That means we will change!
I look forward to all that God will do in our lives on Sunday as we worship together and as part of the change process that we are all in to be more like Jesus.
One brief reminder from the message last Sunday that you might want to reflect on and remember. It was that statement by Paul Tripp: “I am not a grace graduate.”
Note: I encourage all our men to attend the Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday March 10 at 8:30am at the church. There will be a sign up sheet on Sunday so that we can prepare for you.
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